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Make Up For Ever Shadows (Vol. 4) Artist Palette for Fall 2016

Make Up For Ever Shadows (Vol. 4) Artist Palette
Make Up For Ever Shadows (Vol. 4) Artist Palette

This Artist Palette Volume 4 – Shadows features MAKE UP FOR EVER’s coveted, easy-to-use Artist Shadow formula for endless eye looks that range from beautifully natural to dramatically smoky. Its advanced gel-powder formula is blended with ultrafine pigments so that each matte shade leaves a smooth, even finish. Lids are left looking ultra-saturated with highly-blendable, lasting color. The shades are organized into trios so you can effortlessly create bewitching to romantic looks. This palette includes illustrated, step-by-step application techniques by MAKE UP FOR EVER’s founder and creative director, Dany Sanz, to help you effortlessly sweep on a number of eye-catching looks.

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The Details

Shadows Artist Palette, $44.00

All shades are from the permanent range, so you can see swatches of these together here.

  • M100 Black
  • M620 Grey Brown
  • M126 Chalk
  • M842 Wine
  • M806 Antique Pink
  • M546 Dark Purple Taupe
  • M240 Prussian Blue
  • M536 Milk Tea
  • M530 Eggshell

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Sneak Peek: Make Up For Ever Matte Artist Rouge Lipsticks Photos & Swatches

Make Up For Ever Artist Rouge Lipsticks
Make Up For Ever Artist Rouge Lipsticks

Make Up For Ever Artist Rouge Lipsticks ($22.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a new, permanent lipstick range that features 45 shades split into two finishes, Cream and Matte. Here are swatches of all the mattes (reviews to come!).

Make Up For Ever Artist Rouge Lipsticks (Matte)

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Sneak Peek: Make Up For Ever Cream Artist Rouge Lipsticks Photos & Swatches

Make Up For Ever Artist Rouge Lipsticks
Make Up For Ever Artist Rouge Lipsticks

Make Up For Ever Artist Rouge Lipsticks ($22.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a new, permanent lipstick range that features 45 shades split into two finishes, Cream and Matte. Here are swatches of all the creams (reviews to come!).

Make Up For Ever Cream Rouge Lipsticks (Creams)

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Make Up For Ever Artist Rouge Lipstick for July 2016

Make Up For Ever Artist Rouge Lipstick
Make Up For Ever Artist Rouge Lipstick

MAKE UP FOR EVER’s ARTIST ROUGE is a new, expertly curated lipstick collection offered in in 45 show-stopping shades. Packaged in new signature packaging, the lipstick is available in two simple, but beautiful finshes – 31 lustrous creams and 14 velvety mattes. The range only features the best reds, nudes, pinks, berries and artistic lipsticks, providing everyone with the most flattering shades for their skin tones.

Online July 22nd, 2016

The Details

Artist Rouge Lipstick, $22.00 (New, Permanent)

  • C-103
  • C-104
  • C-105
  • C-106
  • C-107
  • C-108
  • C-205
  • C-206
  • C-207
  • C-208
  • C-208
  • C-210
  • C-211
  • C-302
  • C-303
  • C-304
  • C-305
  • C-306
  • C-403
  • C-404
  • C-405
  • C-406
  • C-407
  • C-502
  • C-503
  • C-506
  • C-600
  • C-601
  • C-602
  • C-603
  • C-604
  • M-100
  • M-101
  • M-102
  • M-200
  • M-201
  • M-202
  • M-203
  • M-204
  • M-300
  • M-301
  • M-401
  • M-402
  • M-500
  • M-501

Make Up For Ever Iridescent Artist Shadows (Part 1)

Make Up For Ever I238 Blue Cedar Artist Shadow
Make Up For Ever I238 Blue Cedar Artist Shadow

Make Up For Ever I112 Chrome Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a medium, bluish gray with cool undertones and a pearly shimmer-sheen finish. It had rich color payoff with a creamy, moderately dense texture that was smooth and blendable on the skin, while the color adhered well to bare lids. On me, this shade wore well for eight and a half hours before creasing. Too Faced Blueberry Swirl (P, $16.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Chanel Destination (LE, $32.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Burberry Stone Blue (307) (P, $29.00) is lighter (90% similar). Viseart Sapphire (P, ) is darker (90% similar). MAC Frozen Blue (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Cyber (LE, ) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Bright Moon (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Sephora Be My Bow (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). Guerlain Beaugrenelle #4 (P, ) is brighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Lovey Dovey (LE, $5.00) is less shimmery (85% similar). LORAC Starry Night (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Chanel Tisse Jazz #1 (LE, ) is lighter (85% similar). MAC Heavy, Black and Pendulous (LE, $16.00) is darker, brighter, cooler (80% similar). Natasha Denona Quick Silver (09M) (P, $29.00) is darker (80% similar). MAC Blk-ish (LE, ) is darker (80% similar). CoverGirl Charcoal (335) (P, $4.99) is darker, warmer (80% similar). bareMinerals Mingle (P, ) is lighter, brighter (80% similar). Milani Bella Sky (08) (P, $4.49) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (80% similar). Giorgio Armani Moonlight White #2 (LE, ) is lighter (80% similar). Makeup Geek Stealth (P, $6.00) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Make Up For Ever I120 Snow Gray Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a bright, bluish-white with cool undertones and a frosted finish. It appeared bluer in the pan than swatched, where it ends up looking lighter and brighter overall. The consistency was soft and blendable, while it felt looser in the pan than a lot of the shades in the Artist Shadow formula do, not in a bad way, just that it was noticeably different. When I tested it, the eyeshadow lasted for eight hours. Sephora Early Frost (P, $10.00) is cooler (95% similar). Disney by Sephora Midnight Hour #1 (LE, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). Make Up For Ever D124 Crystalline White (P, $21.00) is warmer (95% similar). Too Faced Nutcracker (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). NYX Frostbite (P, $6.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Crystal Avalanche (DC, $16.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). theBalm Metal-ica (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Sugarpill Ice Angel (P, $16.00) is cooler (95% similar). theBalm A3 (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Flawless Figure (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Starry Night #1 (P, ) is darker (90% similar). Kat Von D Anti-Star (LE, ) is warmer (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Make Up For Ever I204 Sky Blue Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a bright, light-medium sky blue with a pearly sheen. It had good color payoff, but the texture was much denser and a little stiffer to work with; this one seemed prone to skipping/applying unevenly for me. It started to crease after eight hours of wear. I also noticed that this shade must have been discontinued since the it came out. MAC Styledriven (DC, $21.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Giorgio Armani Jade (03) (P, $39.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). NARS Grand Large (LE, $28.00) is more muted (90% similar). Make Up For Ever S208 Baby Blue (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Viseart Boheme Dream #8 (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker, brighter (90% similar). Dior Blue Lagoon (374) Eyeshadow #1 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (85% similar). Make Up For Ever I210 Light Turquoise (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). BH Cosmetics Club Tropicana #25 (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Giorgio Armani Swimming Pool Turquoise (LE, ) is darker, warmer (80% similar). Make Up For Ever #25 (P, $23.00) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Make Up For Ever I210 Light Turquoise Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a bright, light-medium blue with subtle, cool undertones and a warmer, more golden sheen. It was richly pigmented with a smooth, dense, and cream-like consistency that applied well to bare skin but didn’t perform as well over primer (didn’t apply as evenly). This shade wore well for eight and a half hours on me. NARS Grand Large (LE, $28.00) is more muted (95% similar). MAC Styledriven (DC, $21.00) is lighter (90% similar). Make Up For Ever S208 Baby Blue (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). BH Cosmetics Club Tropicana #25 (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). Buxom Schmooze (P, $12.00) is darker (90% similar). Giorgio Armani Swimming Pool Turquoise (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Giorgio Armani Jade (03) (P, $39.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Make Up For Ever I204 Sky Blue (DC, $21.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Viseart Boheme Dream #8 (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). MAC Divine Blue (LE, $20.00) is darker, more muted (85% similar). Dior Blue Lagoon (374) Eyeshadow #1 (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). City Color Breezy (P, $6.99) is darker (85% similar). Dior Rivage #3 (LE, ) is lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Make Up For Ever I218 Indigo Blue Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a bold, dark navy blue with cool undertones and a pearly sheen. It had semi-opaque pigmentation with a denser, firmer consistency that was harder to apply evenly. I felt like this shade could be built up and diffused with some effort, but it wasn’t as impressive as the majority of this formula has been. Milani Primary #6 (P, $6.99) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Sephora My Boyfriend's Jeans (19) (P, $10.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Natasha Denona Blue Spruce (02M) (P, $29.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Urban Decay Evidence (P, $19.00) is lighter (95% similar). NARS Cressida (P, $29.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Sephora Diving in Australia (P, $10.00) is lighter (95% similar). Colour Pop Kimono (P, $5.00) is lighter (95% similar). Giorgio Armani Spring-Summer '17 (LE, $39.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Colour Pop Etiquette (DC, $5.00) is more muted (95% similar). Stila Sapphire (LE, $18.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Chanel Swing (116) (P, $29.50) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). Make Up For Ever D222 Night Blue (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, warmer (95% similar). Urban Decay Danger (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). LORAC Cobalt (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, darker, more muted (95% similar). Tarte Dark Seas (P, $14.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Blue Black (LE, $16.00) is more muted, warmer (90% similar). Sephora Aja (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Luckfully (LE, $5.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Blue Envy (LE, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). bareMinerals Nightfall (LE, ) is more muted (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Make Up For Ever I238 Blue Cedar Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark bluish-teal with cooler undertones and a satiny sheen. The color payoff was incredibly opaque with a creamy, smooth consistency that applied beautifully to bare skin. The eyeshadow blended out with ease and lasted for eight and a half hours on me. Make Up For Ever I-20 (P, $21.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). theBalm #43 (P, $6.50) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). L'Oreal Teal Couture (P, $5.99) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Smashbox Pacific (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Urban Decay Fringe (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Emerald Lust #3 (LE, ) is more shimmery (85% similar). Tarina Tarantino Ozma (LE, ) is more shimmery, brighter (85% similar). theBalm #23 (P, $6.50) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). BH Cosmetics Club Tropicana #26 (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). Clinique Aqua Pop (P, $17.00) is more shimmery, brighter (85% similar). Makeup Geek Mermaid (P, $6.00) is lighter (85% similar). NARS China Seas #1 (P, $25.00) is more shimmery, lighter (80% similar). Inglot #413 (P, $6.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (80% similar). Milani Primary #5 (P, $6.99) is more shimmery, lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Make Up For Ever I300 Pine Green Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a dark, muted teal with subtle, cooler undertones and a satiny sheen. The consistency was quite dense, though it was smooth and seemed to apply just fine to bare skin. It had opaque pigmentation that blended out nicely. This shade started to crease after eight and a half hours on me. MAC Blue Karma (LE, $22.00) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). MAC Indigogo (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Colour Pop Effect (DC, $5.00) is darker (95% similar). Chanel Road Movie #1 (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (90% similar). Sephora Midnight Swim (16) (P, $10.00) is darker (90% similar). bareMinerals Deep Sea (LE, $14.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). MAC She's a Model (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Siren #7 (LE, ) is more shimmery (90% similar). bareMinerals Dazzle (P, ) is warmer (90% similar). Makeup Geek Sea Mist (P, $6.00) is lighter (85% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Cleopatra (P, $32.00) is brighter (85% similar). bareMinerals Editor's Pick (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). MAC Blue Noir (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Natasha Denona Deep Pacific (03V) (P, $29.00) is darker (85% similar). Giorgio Armani Emeraude (04) (P, $39.00) is more shimmery, brighter, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

FORMULA OVERVIEW | Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a powder eyeshadow available in five distinct finishes: Diamond, Iridescent, Matte, Metallic, and Satin. The texture of all finishes, except the Matte finish, are much denser and more like a cream-powder hybrid. I’ve used traditional eyeshadow brushes (like MAC’s 239, a go-to for me) with these and have hadn’t any issues, but for those who have, I would recommend a firmer, flatter synthetic brush (like MAC 242) to maximize payoff and application. The Diamond and Iridescent finishes have sparkle or micro-glitter, and I have found that the majority of shades have little to no fall out over time for me. The Metallic is the richest, smoothest formula out of the five finishes. The Mattes are soft and silky–much smoother and more finely-milled than the brand’s last formula–but these are sometimes sheerer, though buildable, and can be a little dusty or powdery to work with. The Mattes typically apply well and blend out without issue. The Satin finish feels the firmest of the five finishes but is the most blendable and pigmented; some are closer to metallic and others are more like a natural matte on. I get seven to ten hour wear, depending on the shade, across the range. The eyeshadows are larger than standard (0.08 oz. per the packaging). For the most bang for your buck, consider purchasing two ($32.00) or three at once ($46.00) or watch for seasonal releases of palettes (just be careful if you’ve already bought a few–the brand repeats very often).

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10
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8.5
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9
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5
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Make Up For Ever M10, M14, D12, M16 Aqua XL Eye Pencils

Make Up For Ever M10 Matte Black Aqua XL Eye Pencil
Make Up For Ever M10 Matte Black Aqua XL Eye Pencil

Make Up For Ever M10 Matte Black Aqua XL Eye Pencil ($21.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a medium black with neutral-to-cool undertones and a matte finish. It had good pigmentation in one layer, and the consistency was creamy enough to glide across the skin without skipping or dragging. The color wore well for four hours on my waterline, eight hours on my lower lash line. NARS Black Moon (P, $24.00) is glossier (95% similar). Make Up For Ever M10 Matte Black (P, ) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Black Ice (P, $20.00) is cooler (95% similar). Guerlain Black Jack (01) (P, $30.00) is glossier (95% similar). Urban Decay Zero (P, $20.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Black Walnut (P, $17.00) is warmer (95% similar). Sephora Black Lace (P, $10.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Cat's Meow (P, $17.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Engraved (P, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Black Black (P, $16.00) is darker, warmer (95% similar). Kat Von D Skully (P, $18.00) is darker (95% similar). Tarina Tarantino Tommy Jet (P, $15.00) is warmer (95% similar). bareMinerals Midnight (LE, $15.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Squid (P, $17.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Flourish Me Deep (LE, $18.00) is lighter, warmer (95% similar). Guerlain Noir Volcanique (01) (P, $37.00) is darker (95% similar). Stila Stingray (P, $22.00) is glossier (95% similar). Urban Decay Legend (P, $20.00) is less glossy (95% similar). Ardency Inn Black (P, $19.00) is darker (95% similar). Urban Decay Perversion (P, $20.00) is darker, glossier (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Make Up For Ever M14 Matte Charcoal Grey Aqua XL Eye Pencil ($21.00 for 0.04 oz.) is medium-dark, bluish-gray with cool undertones and a matte finish. It had so-so color payoff in one stroke, which was buildable to mostly opaque coverage in two to three layers. The texture wasn’t too soft or too firm, so it applied without being uncomfortable. This shade wore well for two and a half hours on the waterline, and eight hours on the lower lash line. Colour Pop Timber (DC, $6.00)(100% similar). Urban Decay Mood (P, $20.00)(100% similar). Colour Pop Timber (DC, $5.00) is warmer (95% similar). NARS Madison Ave. (P, $24.00) is lighter, cooler (95% similar). Urban Decay Lure (P, $20.00) is lighter (95% similar). NARS London (P, $24.00) is lighter (90% similar). NARS Zinc (LE, $26.00) is lighter (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Make Up For Ever D12 Diamond Black Aqua XL Eye Pencil ($21.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a deep black with gold sparkle. It had rich color coverage in one pass–it was one of the most pigmented in the range–with a creamy, denser consistency that glided across the skin with ease. The color wore well for four hours on the waterline, and it lasted better on the lower lash line with eight hours of wear. MAC Black Brilliance (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). MAC Black Swan (P, $15.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). NARS Night Clubbing (P, $24.00) is warmer (90% similar). Kat Von D Black Metal Love (P, $10.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Blitz & Glitz (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Perversion (P, $20.00) is warmer (90% similar). Tarina Tarantino Rockstar Love (P, $15.00) is cooler (85% similar). Stila Stargazer (P, $22.00) is lighter, more muted, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Make Up For Ever M16 Matte White Aqua XL Eye Pencil ($21.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a stark white with neutral-to-cool undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation in one stroke, which was buildable to brighter, more opaque coverage, though it seemed to thicken and emphasize the texture of my lower lash line a little bit. The color lasted for two and a half hours on my waterline, while it did better on my lower lash line with eight-hour wear. Colour Pop Exit (DC, $6.00)(100% similar). MAC Fascinating (P, $16.00)(100% similar). Urban Decay Bump (P, $22.00) is warmer (95% similar). Colour Pop Exit (P, $5.00) is cooler (95% similar). NARS Santa Monica Blvd. (P, $24.00) is brighter (95% similar). Stila Alpine (P, $22.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Polar Ice (P, $17.00) is warmer (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

FORMULA OVERVIEW | Make Up For Ever Aqua XL Eye Pencil ($21.00 for 0.04 oz.) is supposed to be a “long-wearing,” “waterproof” pencil eyeliner (requires sharpening) with “one swipe color” that will not tug or skip. There is a fair amount of variance between shades with respect to color payoff, texture, wear, and application. They do not, personally, wear well at all on the waterline for me–three to four hours at most and darker shades can get really messy whenever I attempted wearing them on the waterline (they are supposed to “work great in the waterline”). They wear better on the lower lash line, which is about eight hours on average with faint thinning/migration to the outer corner. A lot of the color is intact, and the colors didn’t fade. I found them harder to remove and had to use more makeup remover (on a cotton swab) than average to get them off. I found the texture to be waxier than the prior Aqua Eyes formula for most shades. They were waterproof with respect to actual water, like I could take a shower and not have a smeary mess at the end. I would use some shades again, but it wouldn’t be the first formula I reached for–for me, they’re just not nearly long-wearing or pigmented enough to merit the extra effort for removal.

I’m not sure if it was just my bad luck, but almost every shade’s tip broke off when swatching, which is unusual (usually if I break one, I can fix the pressure to avoid doing so 10 more times!), though I didn’t have any issues with the tips breaking off when applying to my lash line.

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